Archive for October, 2007

Review: Stardust

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

An a-typical fairy tale for adults, with very un-Hollywood-like unpretentious style more reminiscent of independent pictures, hence putting the mid-high budget to better use. While lately fairy tales are uninspired rehashed cliches made for kids, this is the opposite. This one has exceptional storytelling, with a varied screenplay taking you to all places without wreaking havoc to the overall flow. Characters are wonderful and well-cast while special effects don’t become overabundantly present.
Extra kudos to Matthew Vaughn (who dropped out of X-Men 3 only a few weeks before principal photography), as he makes metaphores come to live on the silver screen. The more obvious (and hence, predicatble) story elements are bathed in the subtle sweetness, and so all is forgiven. If you want your heart melt for 2 hours, this is the one for you.8½.

US Box Office

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

The Rock reigns the box office again, this time in an PG rated sports comedy The Game Plan. Change of pace from action dude to father of a little girl hasn’t done everyone well, but it seems to catch on for Dwayne Johnson, handily taking in $22.95 million.
With a smaller audience, the R rated The Kingdom has to settle for the runner-up spot with $17.1 million, which is a barely satisfying result for this Peter Berg directed Jamie Foxx vehicle.
Meanwhile, last week’s number one Resident Evil: Extinction, drops to the third spot, having about 66% of the viewers die, leaving an $8 million take. Good Luck Chuck drops just as many spots, now at 4 with $6.2 million.
Rounding out the top 5 is the well-received 3:10 to Yuma in its fourth week with $4.2 million and some possible awards buzz going around.

Photo K-uiz

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Many people know I’m blind as a bat without my contacts or glasses. What people don’t know, is that I get an almost microscopic sight for it back (focal point and stuff), though I have to get my eye really really close to the object. So when I got up and look my lil’ niece in the eye I saw something, and thought about how well the macro-mode of my aging digital camera would capture my eye sight from up close.

Click on the picture for a bigger shot, and try to guess what Cheyenne is exactly doing.

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